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Open Access Week
The last full week in October is Open Access Week, a global event K-State Libraries has taken part in since 2009.
Open Access (OA) is the free, immediate online access to research and scholarly information. This concept has the potential to revolutionize the scholarly process and the way research and scientific inquiry take place. There are direct and widespread implications for academia, industry, medicine, science, and society over all.
For example, many people are surprised to learn that libraries must pay thousands, sometimes even tens of thousands of dollars per year for a subscription to a single research journal. These journals contain results of research projects and provide essential information for students, faculty, and researchers. If libraries can’t afford to subscribe to a journal, those who need the information might not be able to get it.
OA is a different way of looking at the distribution of information, particularly when information is treated as a commodity. Should research funded by taxpayers provide the basis of a business model for commercial publishers? Isn’t the public that funded the research entitled to its results?
Consider these benefits of OA:
- Undergraduates will have an easier time finding information for term papers and other projects;
- Graduate students can make their dissertations freely available online to other interested researchers and potential employers;
- Faculty can increase awareness and impact of their research programs and publications, and find potential collaborators;
- Universities and libraries can trim costs for journal subscriptions and foster their goals of disseminating information.
- Journal publishers can benefit from the increased visibility and “discoverability” of OA articles.
For more information about Open Access Week and the Open Access Movement, please see the following resources:
Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)- SPARC is a major proponent of and a good source of information about Open Access.
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)- DOAJ currently lists over 8,300 open access journals in a range of disciplines.
Open Access Week-The official website for global Open Access Week planning.
Right to Research Coalition - The Right to Research Coalition was founded by students in the summer of 2009 to promote an open scholarly publishing system based on the belief that no student should be denied access to the articles they need because their institution cannot afford the often high cost of access.